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Hey everyone. I adopted Ziggy over a month and a half ago, and I noticed that his beak looked a little weird when I brought him home. You know how when you bend plastic in half, the place that was bent is lighter in colour? Well that's how his upper mandible looks. It has a light stripe going down the middle from the edge of the cere to the tip of his beak. The line is perfectly symmetrical. What could have caused this?

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Could you please post a picture so we can see it?
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Here. I finally managed to get him to face the camera! For reason I haven't been able to upload pictures to the gallery, so this'll have to do.
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His beak looks fine to me.
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I think his beak looks good. Maybe the stripe is just caused by the lighting. By the way,Ziggy is beautiful!
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Thanks guys . I'm not worried about his beak since it seems to be strong and healthy, but it definitely has this weird stripe down the middle. I'm just curious as to why his beak has this discolouration on it.

Thanks nuxi, he's a cutie, isn't he? He's the sweetest boy and is really helping Alice out.
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Honestly,I don't see a weird stripe... As I already wrote,I think it is caused by the lighting. When light hits a rounded surface (and a beak is rounded) the prominent part looks lighter. The prominent part is the middle of the beak. Maybe this happens to Ziggy's beak.
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Ziggy is really cute! His beak looks fine to me. The beak material is similar to our fingernails. One of my fingernails has an "incline" in the middle of it. If I look at it the right way, it also looks like a lighter line where the two "sides" join. As long as your budgie's beak doesn't change suddenly, I wouldn't worry about it.

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It has the line even when it's dark in the room, although if someone had posted these same pictures, I probably would have suggested light reflecting off the beak. I think it's probably just part of his uniqueness. He has this strange little patch on the right side of his chest where a few feathers are often sticking out upside-down. He also seems to have a spray millet addiction, so he's only allowed to have it in its sprouted form . He's the sweetest thing though. He's being an excellent friend for my poor little Alice who was rescued from a hoarder. He's been a great comfort to her.
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